Category Archives: reptiles

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have a comfortable backlog of photos now, but please keep sending them in. Good ones, please. They don’t have to be professional quality (some readers think they have to match the very best photos that have appeared on this site), but they should be appealing and well composed–and in focus! Please add the Latin binomial […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we begin with some photos by Stephan Barnard, who’s been absent from this page for a while. His notes are indented: The first is of a Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), not unlike some others I’ve sent. The second is a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), a photo that would otherwise be unremarkable except that it’s […]

Update: Honey the duck (with bonus turtles)

Honey has returned to me, and I hope she stays here at least until I leave for Poland. I have all that frozen corn and about 6 ounces of mealworms—that’s nearly 5000 of them—to dispose of. She’s acting very skittish, and in response to my whistle this morning she emitted a series of quacks that […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Let’s begin with a movie of two pileated woodpeckers taken by reader Rickflick. (Be sure to enlarge it by clicking on “vimeo” to the lower right after it starts.) His notes: The pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a charming, showy bird, about the size of a crow. I saw this adult and juvenile feeding on […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Taskin, half of the staff of Gus the Cat, was visited for a few days in Winnipeg by a lovely bird: I was surprised on Monday morning to see a Common Nighthawk [Chordeiles minor] sitting on my garden gate. I was even more surprised to find it still there when I returned home later […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to all for sending in photos, and remember that I’m always looking for good new ones. The first one today, sent by reader Hempenstein, shows a brown inchworm from Vermont, the larva of a geometrid moth. The resemblance to a twig is stunning: Perhaps Lou Jost in Ecuador can help with this one, but […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Danish Meman sent some lovely photos, many in black and white, of animals in zoos. His notes are below, and I’ve given his IDs of the animals: All of the photos presented here come from a larger set of photos taken at various zoos in the UK and USA. I know that people feel […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have another contribution from Karen Bartelt; her notes are indented: Finishing up my Big Bend photos with some non-avian fauna.  [JAC: earlier installments here, here, and here.] First, a couple of mammals. Javelina, aka collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu).  We saw a herd of about 15 of these near the RV park. Gray fox  (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). This […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Send in those photos, folks: this is an Official Plea™ from Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus). Today we have two batches of photos; the first is by reader Gregory Zoinerowich, an professor of entomology at Kansas State University. His notes are indented: I  had been out experimenting with a new camera, so attached are some photos […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have turtles today—turtles all the way down! Reader Joe Dickinson sent photos and descriptions on May 24: I missed World Turtle Day [May 23].  Here is what I should have sent. First, some slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) from near Charleston, SC, where they are native and from Santa Cruz, CA, where they are invasive.  […]